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What are the plants in pictures 5 and 11? I have them and have never been sure what they are! Your pond (and nature around it) is gorgeous!!!!!
 
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What are the plants in pictures 5 and 11? I have them and have never been sure what they are! Your pond (and nature around it) is gorgeous!!!!!
Number 5 is Purple Loosestrife ( this stuff spreads fast and outside of the pond too)
Number 11 is American Water Willow
 
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Hi, sorry to bother you but what are no 7 and 12. What a spectacular pond you have and what a fantastic way to spend your time, planting and just watching your work come to fruitition and your water is so clear. I cant rave about it enough! Will keep looking out for more photos - keep them coming please. Sarah
Hi Sarah,

Thank you for the kind words.

Number 7 is a Cardinal Flower

Number 12 Thanks to other members they called it penstemon. My wife and I could not remember.
 
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Finally some nice blooms happening :) A few from tonight

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Looks so natural with the mature plant growth is your pond 5 years old now ?
LOVE The blue berries by the pond reminds me of a place I use to hang when I was growing up.
 
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Thanks. Yes the pond was done in April 2013. The blueberries add a nice natural touch and the birds love em.
 
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So pretty! Sometimes the big picture is so WOW that it's nice to stop, appreciate, and enjoy the beauty of each plant.
 

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Beautiful! You have so many nice colorful ones it's hard to say "oh I like that one best"!
 
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Your pictures are amazing. What type of camera and lenses do you use.?
Thank you

Well on this thread I just used the iPhone on my wildlife photos I use all Canon equipment. My camera is a 1dx Mark II and lenses I use are from 16mm to 800mm.
 
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Well on this thread I just used the iPhone on my wildlife photos I use all Canon equipment. My camera is a 1dx Mark II and lenses I use are from 16mm to 800mm.
I didn’t know the iPhone camera had the ability to change depth of field. It looks like the top few show a large focus area and some of the isolated plant shots have a narrow depth with a blurred background. I have an entry level Nikon D5000 with the original starter kit lens. I’m thinking of up grading to a better body and lens .
 
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I didn’t know the iPhone camera had the ability to change depth of field. It looks like the top few show a large focus area and some of the isolated plant shots have a narrow depth with a blurred background. I have an entry level Nikon D5000 with the original starter kit lens. I’m thinking of up grading to a better body and lens .
It's not so much the camera as it is the glass that rob is using to get the great shots though it certainly doesn't hurt one bit the 1dx is cannons flag ship. Up close and personal the 5000 is not a bad camera it doesn't focus or shutter speed is not as fast plus several other bells and whistles. But a great lens that nikon has come out with recently is a 200 to 500 5.6 it is tack sharp and it \truly makes us with expensive glass wonder why !!! I don't want to step on this thread but if you go here https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/nature-wildlife-thread.13318/page-84#post-385043 those pics of the duckling were all taken with that lens and nikons best
 
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I didn’t know the iPhone camera had the ability to change depth of field. It looks like the top few show a large focus area and some of the isolated plant shots have a narrow depth with a blurred background. I have an entry level Nikon D5000 with the original starter kit lens. I’m thinking of up grading to a better body and lens .
Like Lisa said the iPhone has what is called portrait mode and it gives the depth of field look. As far as cameras, I have few friends that love the D500 and the 200-500mm combo for nature and wildlife. Like already said, it is the glass that is the most important. You definitely do not need what I use to get the shots. I would look seriously at Sony right now too, they have some goof stuff. Keep in mind with lenses, they hold their value at time of resale on the higher end gear. Do not be afraid to buy used lenses either if you know from where and the condition.
 
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It's not so much the camera as it is the glass that rob is using to get the great shots
I read that putting a better lens on an entry level camera like mine would not allow you to maximize the lens capability due to the slower sensor in the camera.
 
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I read that putting a better lens on an entry level camera like mine would not allow you to maximize the lens capability due to the slower sensor in the camera.
you are 100% correct but this lens I mentioned is not pro glass it is kinda a hybrid it is in between you can spend twice as much for a 70- 200 2.8 full frame and it will run you around I believe today about 2,700 the lens I mentioned is among the least expensive nikon makes which is astounding at 1,246.95 at bnh. do your own research and look at the reviews . will you be able to shoot a sparrow in flight up close and personal probably not the best cameras have a hard time with that but could you get a white egret or blue heron in flight yes. Take my word for it in good light it is the poor mans 600 mm f4 that sells for over 10,000. and if I put those same picture from both lens up you would not be able to tell that one photo was 10 times the cost
 
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